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A name familiar to the Knox Next Stage project team is in the news this week. Trinity Centres Foundation (TCF) consultant Kendra Fry has been named the new General Manager for Stratford Summer. Check out the Festival’s announcement from Artistic Director, Mark Fewer. Best wishes go out to the retiring General Manager, Judy Matheson, who helped deliver so many seasons of fabulous music to Stratford. We’re pleased that Judy continues to be involved with the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective (SACC).
Kendra Fry
Kendra’s career has been devoted to arts and theatre management and, in more recent years, has focused on the regeneration of old church buildings. For many years, she was the General Manager at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, a Toronto church that has been refurbished to house multiple professional arts organizations, a daycare, a restaurant, and multiple community and social justice organizations.
 
Thankfully, Kendra will continue to act as one of the TCF project staff assigned to the Knox initiative in Stratford.  Over the Christmas holidays, Kendra and her family relocated to Stratford to make all of this happen. We’ll be happy to see more of her around town and she’ll be even more accessible to the project team.
Going Down The Same Road
As Knox and SACC explore their potential to build a centre that serves both faith and arts audiences, it is helpful to watch the progress being made by others. 
 
The Globe and Mail recently reported on the situation of the Weston Park Baptist Church in Toronto. The article highlights the complexities of working with community, municipal and development partners, but points to the potential for these conversions to deliver benefits to the remaining congregation and the broader community.
 
“In 2019 the National Trust for Canada estimated that 9,000 church buildings across the country will be converted or redeveloped for other uses by the end of this decade.”
 
One of the biggest success stories, in Ontario at least, is the partnership between Carleton University and Dominion-Chalmers United Church that resulted in the creation of the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. Now that congregation shares space with an ambitious music program that connects the university to the city’s core. The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra now calls the Centre home as well. Read more about the Centre here.
 
Kendra Fry just happens to be involved with both of these projects.
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The Knox project team want to keep you plugged in as this initiative progresses. They welcome you to visit the project website at KnoxNextStage.com for regular updates and Frequently Asked Questions about the project. You can also send your questions and comments to us at KnoxNextStage@gmail.com.
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